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(Note: this is a repost of the article I published on April 7, 2020.)

And now for something completely different, and something that has absolutely nothing to do with relocation astrology or astrocartography:

What degrees your planets are in.

It has nothing to do with relocation astrology because literally the planets are in the same part of the zodiac no matter where you were born or where you moved to. They only change direction in the sky.

I became very interested in this because I am kind of unique: Most of my planets are in either very high degrees or very low degrees. I’ll list those specific planets here.

  • Moon — 2 degrees Capricorn
  • Mercury — 1 degree Capricorn
  • Mars — 26 degrees Aquarius
  • Jupiter — 29 degrees Libra
  • Saturn — 3 degrees Taurus
  • Neptune — 29 degrees Scorpio
  • Pluto — 27 degrees Virgo

(Planets are rounded up or down to the nearest degree.)

This is rather uncommon, but what does it mean?

Many astrologers (or those who decide this is important) have come to the conclusion that the degree of the planet, how high or low it is, expresses what we might be called the maturity of the expression of the planet. The higher the degree, the more mature the planet is expressed. The sign might even be thought of as secondary, and just the ‘how’ it is expressed.

This is arguably controversial, and you can take it with a grain of salt, although I personally don’t. Definitions of the planets are debatable, but here are the ones I use as a rule of thumb:

  • Sun — your basic essence
  • Moon — your emotions
  • Mercury — ability to handle complexity of technical details, like science or engineering
  • Venus — how you love
  • Mars — your ego
  • Jupiter — sense of high concepts, like philosophy or different philosophies, and perhaps how they might manifest in the world
  • Saturn — self-discipline
  • Uranus — sense of revolution (admittedly, this is the one I have the least confidence in right now)
  • Neptune — mysticism, spirituality, how you dream
  • Pluto — transformation, chthnoic forces, mass level forces, life and death

So I spend some time on thinking about how these planets might manifest in my own life and others’.

I think of my Mercury manifesting on a very basic level when I was a freshman in college with this idea that I was going to study engineering, but then barely passing Physics (which was graded on a curve!) and failing more advanced Calculus, even though I came in very good at math. And having no ability to put it all together, something that engineering majors absolutely have to do. I was completely out of my depth.

I went into the humanities the next year which, at its best, is a good expression of Jupiter, although I didn’t go to a university that valued higher concepts in places like philosophy — they were a technical school through and through. It was the second time I went to college literally decades later that things like high concepts were fulfilled for me.

I think of my Moon as lacking in emotional maturity but my Mars lending itself to a very mature ego (which I am grateful for). Then Saturn, with the self-discipline problems. We all have our strengths and weaknesses.

Neptune and Pluto for me were in high degrees as well; how did that work? I was once called spiritually advanced, and tend to think about both mystical experiences I’ve had as well as how it might manifest. Transformation is something that comes to mind for me; and most definitely issues of life and death, to the extent that many people aren’t even comfortable talking about. Neptune and Pluto, as generational planets, sometimes come across a little less clear, since they are all about the ‘outer limits’ and we spend much of our days dealing with the more mundane.

One good example is the chart of presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar. When I looked at her chart, I saw her Venus in a very high degree:

Politicians are some of the easier people to study if you want to know their manner and if you like watching debates, which can be entertaining, also. I think it is worth reflecting on how Klobuchar’s ‘mature love,’ shall we say, manifested and came out during the debates. I felt I saw it. Her genuine way of ‘bringing people with her,’ as she put it, makes her very popular in Minnesota. There were more examples that are worth looking at that I won’t go into here. (She dropped out by the time our state got around to voting.)

It has nothing to do with relocation astrology, but it’s something that is on my mind a lot. I welcome all respectful discussion on this topic.

By David Muir

David Muir recieved his PAC as a 2020 graduate of the Avalon School in Vibrational Astrology. He has been a practicing astrologer having studied astrology since 1997. He specializes in relocation astrology, particularly in terms of how both one's character and external influences change in a new location. He has interests in compatibility, and just generally “getting the necessary information out there for you,” which can entail personology as well as different interpretations in general. David writes a 2x/weekly blog in both relocation astrology and other astrological topics of interest, on relocationastrology.guide.

David received a BA from Carlow University in 2011 with concentrations in philosophy, writing, and political science. He does a 2x/month radio show and has lived in Denver, CO since 2016.

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